A Pastor with the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries has been indefinitely suspended over an indecent relationship with a 16-year-old girl.
Pastor David Onyekachukwu of Life Camp area of Abuja, according to the statement issued by the church, was suspended based on an investigation which established that the ‘Pastor’ raped the girl and consequently resulted in pregnancy.
It was gathered that Onyekachuku, 48, was arrested by operatives of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.
Reports say that the Nsukka born pastor had met the victim, a Junior Secondary School 2 pupil in the Karmo area sometime in 2018 and started making love advances to her.
In its statement, NAPTIP said the pastor, after his arrest and during interrogation, confessed to having sexually abused the girl two times and blamed the act on the “work of the devil.”
The statement stated that the pastor had volunteered to provide shelter to the victim and also to deliver her from witchcraft, having lost her parents in 2018 and was said to be in dire need of accommodation.
It disclosed that the pastor lost his wife at an undisclosed period and later brought the victim to stay with him and his daughter in Karmo.
The victim noted that it was in her first year with the pastor that he started making love advances to her.
NAPTIP said the pastor first raped the victim in March 2019 during her birthday and allegedly continued to rape her thereafter, resulting in the pregnancy.
The anti-trafficking agency said that the case would be “diligently prosecuted to secure justice for the victim.” Nezan said, “During interrogation, the pastor with the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, confessed to having sexually abused the girl twice and attributed the evil act to the work of the devil.
“He stated that he took the girl in to conduct deliverance on her and also enrolled her in school, having dropped out for about two years. After the deliverance, he took her to live with him and his daughter.”
The NAPTIP Director General, Julie Okah-Donli, said, “Rather than doing what is biblically expected of him in line with his calling, he abused his position and preyed on the very victim he was supposed to protect.
“Arising from the increased cases of rape and sexual abuse of female children and even males across the country, I have directed massive sensitisation across the country in order to arrest the situation.”
But, in a separate statement, the spokesperson of MFM, Collins Edomaruse said the indefinite suspension was “in line with the rules and regulations of MFM which forbid such acts and frown at them.”
The suspension was confirmed by MFM Regional Overseer in Gwarimpa, Pastor Niyi Babalola.
“He (Onyekachukwu) is not an ordained pastor in Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries. He is just a member/worker in that Life Camp branch and he has been suspended from the branch immediately.
“The church cannot stop the law from taking its course as doing so will amount to condoning evil and being an accessory after the fact. After investigation, we confirm that the raping and impregnating of the girl is true and the matter is currently being handled by the Police.
“However, we want to say that the alleged person is not an ordained Pastor or an officially appointed Pastor in MFM Gwarimpa Region. This is, therefore, a personal issue between the Brother and the innocent victim.
“It has nothing to do with Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries. In MFM, the leadership does not condone indiscipline. Absolute holiness within and without is our hallmark in Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries. This is of a priority in all our training and teachings to our Pastors and members. The alleged brother is already in the custody of the Police to allow the law to take its course.”